After a slow start to Premier League life, followed by a prolonged period of frustrating inconsistency, Roberto Firmino is beginning to shine brightly.
The Brazilian continued his recent decisive form with the second goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 Europa League round of 16 first-leg victory over Manchester United.
Meanwhile, on the domestic front, he has now scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League outings, assisting four more in the same timeframe.
He had provided zero in terms of net-bulgers and assisted a solitary strike across the first nine outings after his £29m move from Hoffenheim, notching once in his next nine outings, albeit setting up three for teammates.
The narrative of early days at Anfield that exasperate while hinting at greatness will be familiar to all that witnessed the rise of Luis Suarez for the club.
In the now-Barcelona behemoth’s first campaign and a half on Merseyside he bagged a by-his-own-standards moderate 15 goals across 45 games, marring his often-brilliant showings with less than commensurate finishing.
That Firmino appears to be finding his feet as a goalscoring force a good deal sooner hints tantalizingly at his potential to emulate the Uruguayan.
His recent prolific form isn’t just a product of anything as tenuous as having had time to adapt to the Premier League and his teammates’ way of playing either.
Rather, Jurgen Klopp’s decision to employ him either as a number nine or secondary striker rather than out wide, where he tended to be stationed under Brendan Rodgers, has brought rich reward.
In 36 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions this season the Brazilian has netted nine times, assisting a further nine.
All bar one of those direct scoring contributions has come in the 21 games when he was either leading the line of playing as part of an attacking two.